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Barr to *fix* public education with ever more confusion?

By johnboy - 24 May 2011 22

The Canberra Times brings word of plans to make public education ever more confusing to parents in a bid to counter the exodus to private education:

Sweeping reforms to Canberra’s government high schools and colleges could include widespread access to virtual classrooms, encouraging top high school students to take university courses and even condensing Year 9-12 into three years.

Sounds like more of the problem, not the solution.

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Kalfour 4:15 pm 15 Jul 11

LeatherJen said :

Jim Jones said :

LeatherJen said :

The scum need to be identified and sent to a separate school. If the decent kids are allowed to learn, they will.

Just to clarify: you are referring to children as ‘scum’ right?

Some of them, yes.

Scum is a bit harsh, but I see the point in this.
There ARE situations where a student can be deemed unfit for a mainstream classroom based on behavioural tendencies (violence etc.)
I briefly worked at a school where a kid diagnosed with ODD (oppositional defiance disorder – the kid was smart for its age but very violent) had a classroom to itself (I’m using ‘it’ deliberately, don’t want to identify the kid) including a full time teacher and LSA. This child would not be allowed into a mainsteam classroom without passing various psychological tests to prove that they were emotionally in control.
There are schools that have units for kids with extreme behaviours. But public schools cannot refuse any student, and not many have the facilities to provide separate classrooms for these kids.

Diggety 12:18 am 25 May 11

BicycleCanberra said :

Finland has the best outcomes for school children in the world and leads all league tables when comparing OECD countries and guest what? no private or independent schools just left wing socialist education. Viva la revolution!

Thanks for proving my point, BicycleCanberra:

Canberra- wait for it- is not Finland. School boy error I’m sure, but I’ll let that sink in a while…

Have you compared anything else that may contradict argument, like Australia for example*? Nup? Didn’t think so.

‘Viva revolution’ indeed…

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